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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Pointers to progress and inertia

Official figures show extent of gender bias

This story is part of a package on women in Japan. The introduction is here.



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The number of men (per 10,000) who take paternity leave from work, compared with the 7,300 women who take maternity leave.

SOURCE: HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE MINISTRY


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How many minutes men aged 20 and older spend on housework per weekday, compared with 4 hr. 27 min. spent by women aged 20 and over.

SOURCE: NHK 2005 KOKUMIN SEIKATSU JIKAN CHOSA


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Percentage of female researchers

SOURCE: MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS


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Percentage of female presidents at universities

SOURCE: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


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Percentage of those who passed the 2005 exam to become "fast-track" government officials who were wome

SOURCE: NATIONAL PERSONNEL AUTHORITY


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Percentage of female Diet members

SOURCE: THE HOUSE OF COUNCILLORS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


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Percentage of women in bucho (department manager) positions in firms

SOURCE: HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE MINISTRY


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Percentage of the average full-time male worker's hourly wage paid to female part-timers

SOURCE: HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE MINISTRY


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Percentage of fathers with pre-school-age children who say they would like to place equal priority on their jobs and parenting/housework.

SOURCE: HEALTH, LABOR AND WELFARE MINISTRY


Compiled by TOMOKO OTAKE, Staff writer

For other stories in our package on women in Japan, please click the following links:

Girls' job stereotypes persist in face of continuing 'concrete ceiling'

Women's voices

Times of change



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